Boot Jewelry – Really?

I am an accountant by occupation, and tend to have the personality people tend to associate with accountants. I don’t mind blending into the wall. But I have always had a passion for boots and recently have been given the opportunity to wear them all of the time. My partner Steve found an accessory that isn’t very well known – the boot bracelet, and I didn’t have much enthusiam for them. However, once I started wearing them, its almost like earrings – I just don’t feel dressed without one! Now I still tend to choose more conservative styles and looks, but I’ve got to have one on. Now whenever I see a pair of black dress boots without one, they look a little drab. Try a bracelet on your favorite pair of boots and let me know what you think.

Vegan Leather?

What the heck is Vegan Leather” anyway?  And is it really more eco-friendly than “normal leather”?

This leather substitute is used to make clothing, shoes, accessories, upholstery and more.  It’s often indistinguishable from the real thing, and is much cheaper to manufacture than leather.  The vast majority of faux leather has been around for ages, and is made of scary materials like polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane and textile-polymer composite micrifibres.  I can remember my first encounter with fake leather as a kid – Naugahyde.  Although a brand name made by Uniroyal, it soon became synonymous with artificial leather.  While it sounds environmentally and socially responsible to be using Vegan Leather, its pure product of the petrochemical process and much more damaging than the real thing.  So when you are shopping and see the Vegan Leather name associated with your clothing…. now you will at least have a little background on the material you are wearing.

-Steve

Fall colors of Pantone

According to Pantone, “Dried Herb” is an olive green shade once thought of only for military garb or to wear when going on safari – its now thought of as “sophisticated and chic.”  To be fair, that description makes it sound drab and very unfeminine, but really when paired with a bold color, it really earns that sophistication title.

“Desert Sage” is a greenish gray that really is a great neural that will make you feel inspired.  Pantone says it makes a powerful statement on its own, and makes one think of things that are real and not invented.  I don’t know about that, but it is a lovely, soothing color.

“Stormy Weather” is a strong blue gray that does remind me of the sky during an afternoon thunderstorm.  I think this color is a powerful color that I can see some gorgeous ruby accessories to partner with.  Pantone describes this one as cool, dependable and above all content.  To me, it looks a lot more like unpredictable, and therefore even more exciting.

Check out their website at Pantone.com and let me know which of their 3 Fall colors is your favorite and what color accessories you see with each.

-Julie

Boots for every season

Over the last few years, retailers have been selling women’s boots year round because there is such a huge demand for boots – no matter the season.  In fact, mid-calf boots, booties and shooties have become as fashionable and on trend to wear in Spring and Summer as the quintessential sandal; especially with shorts, short shorts and minis in warmer temperatures.  Needless to say, all the major manufacturers of shoes have expanded into boots.  The old adage of only wearing boots in winter and late fall went away years ago.  Even more evidence that this trend is hanging on is the emergence of new boot manufacturers such as Old Gringo.  There are all types, styles, colors, and price points to meet just about anyone’s budget and taste.  So when you are wondering what to wear tomorrow – remember – it’s what you want to wear!

-Steve

Cultural differences

I recently traveled to Greece and was amazed to see that subtle but noticeable differences in what was worn in this country.  Most notable was the overwhelming use of the Greek Key in many of the pieces.  No doubt, this is a symbol of the Greek culture going back centuries.  Maybe it was me, but from first impression the majority of people wore fewer pieces of jewelry than we do over here in the U.S. But while they wore fewer items, what they did wear seemed of higher quality.  I am not surprised, the Greeks were instrumental in bringing the arts and culture to the world, for them to lose this flair for fine jewelry and craftsmanship would be tragic.

-Steve

Inspiration and Creativity

Steve and I were discussing names for some of our newest designs and during our naming session, we realized we both have very different ways of creating our jewelry.  I usually see a piece of clothing, or even a pair of boots I like and from there I start to imagine what necklace, or bracelet or even what pair of earrings I would want to wear with that particular item.  Or sometimes  I just come up with a color palette for my jewelry that just makes me happy.  Steve, on the other hand, has a very different approach.  He is inspired by nature.  Give him a beautiful sunrise or sunset, or a beautiful Texas sky, and he can create boot bracelets until he runs out of beads! I guess variety is the spice of life.  Good thing there isn’t a right or wrong way.

-Julie